My favorite things – June 29th

It’s been getting a little heavy up in this blogedy blog lately so I decided to share with you some of my favorite things.  And like Oprah, I’m giving them to you all. B/c they are free so I can afford it. Maybe you can try to find the pleasure in these same things or share your own.  I’d like to hear about it!

  1. When I realize I haven’t been on Facebook or the news all day.  I am happy in the moment and proud of myself. I recognize that both places can be toxic for me.
  1. The first sip of coffee in the morning.  There is nothing like the first sip. You can’t replicate it.  Sometimes I hold onto my cup… gazing into it to savor the anticipation.  Sips two and three are pretty good. But there is only one sip one.
  1. A serious hug.  I don’t mean a quick hello or goodbye hug.  I mean a solid hug. When someone you know has had a bad day or vice versa.  It doesn’t even have to be someone you are close to. Sometimes those surprise hugs are what you didn’t know you need.  I read and shared an article with my friend Jen a long time ago, that you need to hold a hug for at least 40 seconds to release the max amount of oxytocin in the brain.  And Jen never forgets a thing. She NEVER lets go before 40 seconds. I have some skilled hugger friends.
  1. My favorite silly thing with the kids is when we sit around the breakfast table and make up stories about the puppy.  We dream about writing a series of children’s books about Syrup’s misadventures. Like when she explores past the invisible fence and thinks she is traveling the world and goes looking for the North Pole to find Santa.  
  1. My most MOST favorite thing is when Dave and I rock out to the radio in the car.  When all four of us are piled in and we have on the 80’s or 90’s station. I LOVE LOVE these moments.  Singing at top volume to REO Speedwagon or Bon Jovi, or I love when Dave raps to Spice Girls “Wanna Be”.  The kids merely tolerate us weird and uncool parents. But it’s something that keeps our connection. I am reminded that before Dave became Daddy, he was my best friend.  The one I want to have the most laughs with…and the most everything.

10 thoughts on “My favorite things – June 29th

  1. Writing a series on Syrup’s adventures sounds like it could be a really fun project!!!

    1)One of my very favorite things that’s also free (depending on time of year or where you go anyway..) is hanging out at the beach with my feet dug into the sand. Something about listening to and staring out at the expansive ocean just soothes me and quiets my mind like nothing else, I can get completely lost there. Throw in being somewhere that’s isolated and includes a sunset over that ocean.. total bliss to me.

    2)Since moving into the new house, Chris and I record Jeopardy and watch it during dinner or whenever we can
    if the timing doesn’t work out with dinner. It probably sounds so geeky, but it’s become one of my favorite habits after a long work day! We compete to answer more quickly than each other and the contestants, which can go really well or really badly depending on the categories that day. It’s a simple pleasure. 🙂


  2. Love your favourite things! We like to make up conversations with our dog, I will say something to her and as she looks at me with her head over to one side my husband makes up her side of the conversation!


  3. The smell and the first sip of coffee in the morning is the best, I become more productive. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of and connect with amazing brands!



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